Coronavirus: Ontario calls on Canadian Forces to assist at long-term care homes

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he will be asking the federal government for assistance in handling coronavirus outbreaks in long-term care homes in the province, including help from the Canadian Armed Forces.

Ford said his government will be making a formal request on Wednesday.

“We will begin by directing that the additional personnel be deployed to five priority homes in the province,” Ford said.

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“Their support will provide staffing relief, so staff can focus on the care of the residents. They will assist with operations, co-ordination, or medical care, logistics and general assistance to support the day-to-day operations.”

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Officials didn’t name the homes where the military will be sent first.

Ford said long-term care staff have been working tirelessly during the pandemic.

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“They need a rest and they need support,” he said.

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